5 Steps to Receiving a Word from God (from the life of Habakkuk)

At times when you, or others around you, are facing life’s challenges, receiving a word from God can bring great comfort.

Here are some thoughts from the story and example of the Prophet Habakkuk, to help you receive your own word from God for yourself and others in times of need.

How to Receive a Word from God

1. Position Yourself to Hear from God

‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts’ (Hab 2:1a)

Habakkuk used the imagery of going to a fortress, a place positioned above and apart from the everyday activities of the city, to wait on God in a secure place. This also represented his position as prophet, hearing from God for the nation of Judah.

In times of trial or distress, God Himself is your refuge and your fortress; a safe strong place. (Psalm 91:2)

When you desire to hear from God, then like Habakkuk, be intentional about being positioned in such a way that you can hear His voice.

  • The first place to go is to Scripture—as you read and meditate on God’s Word, allow the Holy Spirit to minister a fresh word to your personally
  • You may have a regular place where you pray and meet with God
  • Be open to the Holy Spirit’s call to take special times apart when you need to hear a word from God

2. Take your Problems and Questions (and those of others) to God

‘I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.’ (Hab 2:1b)

Communication in a relationship is two-way, involving both talking and listening. The book of Habakkuk records the prophet’s discussions with God.

Habakkuk’s conversation with God was raw, honest and authentic. He did not hold back when he had questions and complaints. Sometimes we feel that we can only go to God once we are already uplifted in our faith, forgetting that He longs to do that for us!

God is your help, your strength and your comforter—and He can only be those things to you as you take your pain to Him.

It was only as Habakkuk asked the difficult questions that he could foresee Judah crying out during the future trials, that He was able to hear of God’s plans for the coming redemption.

The name ‘Habakkuk’ means ‘embrace’, or ‘to hold close’ (Strongs 2265), and because the prophet allowed God to fully minister to him, he was in turn able to supply the comfort and encouragement of God to a nation.

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3)

3. Go on a Journey with God

‘How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?’ (Hab 1:2)

Your communications with God and your conversations with Him, will be a journey. Hearing from God is not like taking aim and hitting a target or bullseye. The heart of God responds to those who seek Him—and that takes time.

Don’t be content with a small snippet, or piece of revelation, when God desires to speak more to you.

Learn from Habakkuk, who went on a journey, complaining, crying out, conversing, waiting and listening until he reached a place of faith and heard all that God had to say to him.

Habakkuk’s journey throughout this small book is one where he progresses from a viewpoint of desperation, to one of trust and victory. The last chapter of Habakkuk is directed as a Psalm set to music.  It inspires those listening to hope in God despite the circumstances.

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.’ (Hab 3:19)

4. Pay Attention to the Unique Way God Speaks to you

‘I will look to see what he will say to me.’ (Hab 2:1)

Habakkuk used visionary language to describe how he listened to God. For those of us who are seers and visionaries, listening to God also means watching.

God is Spirit, and has many ways to communicate. Take into account your gift and the unique way you connect with God.

Be open to receiving impressions from the Holy Spirit and dig deeply into God’s Word.

5. Record what God is saying

‘Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”’ (Hab 2:2)

As with Habakkuk, there are times when a message from God is prophetic and concerns His intention and His future outcome. As you record a communication from God—whether it is a prophetic insight, a dream, Scripture or Word, it gives clarity in the journey, both for yourself and others you may minister to.

Having a written or audio record of your word from God gives you something tangible to celebrate.

Glory is given to God when it comes to pass.

Recording what God is saying allows you to pray about it, weigh it up and if it goes beyond general encouragement, to submit the word to oversight for confirmation (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21). Accountability gives us security in our journey of learning to hear God’s voice.

Finally, as Habakkuk reminds us, the ultimate test of a word from God is whether or not that word comes true.

‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.’ (Hab 2:3)

In preparing for this study, I read Habakkuk in different translations and also listened to Habakkuk several times using an audio Bible App. I mention this because I encourage you to do the same as you study God’s Word. Take time to connect fully with what He is saying and also to be further enriched by discovering what is happening in the background culturally and historically.
My favourite websites, used in this Bible study, are www.biblegateway.com and www.blueletterbible.org
I found this commentary on Habakkuk chapter one insightful: https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Hab/Hab_1.cfm

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Go Again: He is God of the ‘Second Time Around’

God of the Second Time AroundToday’s word of prophetic encouragement is for those of you who feel you have missed an opportunity.

  • You may be in transition and wondering why a particular promise from God, or your destiny, has not been fulfilled in this past season
  • Perhaps you (or others) have made a mistake and you feel as though you have missed out on God’s best

Your Father wants you to know that He has not forgotten you—and that another opportunity lies ahead.

Esther Overcame the Enemy

Recently God spoke to me from the book of Esther.

Queen Esther finds out of a plot to slaughter her people, the Jews. So she invites her husband, the King of Persia, and the enemy of her people, Haman– who is the king’s official—to a banquet.

At the climax of the story, there is a powerful moment, when Esther reveals the plot, along with the wickedness of Haman, to the king at a private banquet. As a result, Haman and his plans are overthrown.

  • Did you know that the banquet where Esther overcame the enemy, was not the first banquet she held? It was a second banquet.

One banquet, one day, one opportunity came and went, without the critical matter of lives at stake being addressed. (Esther 5)

Between the Banquets

I wonder, what was Esther thinking on the night after that first banquet, that night in-between? There is nothing in Scripture to suggest that there is anything other than the poise and wisdom and courage that Esther showed.

However, I know what would be happening if it was me. There is often a battle in our minds, on our journey towards faith:

  • What were you thinking?
  • The King says, ‘ask me anything’, and you say nothing? Just invite him back to another banquet?
  • You had the opportunity, and you blew it!

And after all the should have’s, come the what if’s:

  • What if something happens, and the King, or Haman, can’t make it tomorrow. Where will you be then?
  • What’s your backup plan?

We do not know the details of what Esther went through. But we do know that when Esther got up the next morning, it was her time to go again.

During that second banquet, the moment that Esther did not take up the day before came up again. And Esther seized that moment for the enemy’s downfall and the salvation of her people.

The timing was perfect.

For Such as Time as This

The powerful catch phrase of the book of Esther is this: ‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14b)

‘For such a time as this.’ It is the Bible version of our saying ‘carpe diem’; a Latin phrase meaning, ‘seize the day’.

God wants you to know that today is the day to begin again.

His mercies are new every morning

Right now you may be ‘between the banquets’. Your time of transition is a time to refocus, to receive the gift of fresh passion, enthusiasm, your second wind from God.

It is time to press in to the vision God has given to you again.

God of the Second Chance

He is not only ‘God of the second time around’. He is the God of the second chance, when you have missed it or failed.

Ask Jonah. God called him to preach a message, and he set off as fast as he could go in the opposite direction. He was thrown out of a boat in a storm and swallowed by a fish.

Like Jonah, you may feel as though you have been chewed up, spat out, and washed up. You may not even feel as though you deserve a second chance. But He is a God of grace. And He is coming through for you.

We read about Jonah, ‘The word of the Lord came a second time.’ (Jonah 3:1)

God gave him a second chance.

Today, you can receive your own word to ‘go again.’

  • It’s not about your performance, or your history. It’s about His character, His faithfulness
  • It’s not about what you have done. It’s about what Jesus has done

Your God is the God of the second time around.

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Break Out! 4 Ways to Enlarge Your Gifts and Ministry

River of DestinyHave you ever had a sense that you have outgrown your present situation, in relation to your gifts, ministry and calling? That it is time to lift the ceiling and move out the walls, so that you can grow your gift to the next level?

This is a situation that a group of prophets under Elisha’s leadership found themselves in:

‘The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.” And he said, “Go.”’ (2 Kings 6:1-2)

Perhaps you can identify with this today. From deep within, you cry out, ‘I need more room!’

It is time for a shift in perspective. In order to grow, you must first take your thinking to a new location.

4 Keys to Enlarge Your Gifts and Ministry

1. Be Willing to be Taken out of Your Comfort Zone

The prophets submitted their plan and proposal to Elisha, who was their spiritual oversight. Gaining his approval, they gathered their resources and sought out their building materials.

The task of building—construction—was not necessarily a task the prophets were familiar with. We know that they had to borrow an axhead—and that one of the prophets used it clumsily, dropping it into the river (2 Kings 6:5-6).

When it comes to developing your gifts and ministry, and growing to the next level, embrace the empowerment that oversight can bring.

Be prepared to work hard and enter a phase of building and development. Don’t be surprised when you are taken out of your comfort zone during times of enlargement.

2. Go to the Source—the Holy Spirit

‘Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan…’ (2 Kings 6:1)

The Jordan’s locality yielded a ready supply of building materials. However, the river was not just a practical choice. The prophets were moving to a place of spiritual and historical significance.

 ‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit…’ (John 7:38-39a)

In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is represented as a river.

If you desire to grow to the next level in your gifts, you need to foster a continual awareness of the Holy Spirit being the source of your gift.

This also means becoming more deeply established in the truth of God’s Word. (Psalm 1:2-3)

Press in to God for spiritual renewal. Your Father has an overflow for you to minister out of.

3. Step into New Things

‘Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.’ (Joshua 3:4a)

The Jordan is where the Israelites crossed over into the Promised Land of Canaan (Joshua 3). It is where, generations later, John preached and baptized crowds of people into repentance.

The Jordan speaks of new life and of entering into the promises of God.

Are you in a place of transition into the new things God has for you? Be encouraged.

Today, Jesus is inviting you to share His resurrection life. All things are being made new. Your destiny awaits!

4. Determine to Live in the Place of Miracles

The Jordan was historically a place of miracles. [1]

It was not only a place where past generations had encountered God. It was also a place where miracles occurred in the prophets’ own generation:

  • Elijah and Elisha struck the Jordan with the prophet’s mantle and the waters parted, enabling them to cross. Many of the prophets witnessed this event. (2 Kings 2)
  • The Jordan was a river of healing. Naaman, a commander of the Syrian army was healed of leprosy as he dipped in the Jordan. (2 Kings 5)
  • It was a place of provision—Elijah was fed by the ravens at the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan (1 Kings 17:5).

Now, the prophets were returning to that place of miracles and encounters with God. And they were saying, ‘We are going to build here!’

It’s time to make room.

Don’t settle for ‘monument’ thinking.

Today, hear your Father saying, ‘It honors Me when you talk about miracles of the past. It ignites your faith when you revisit places where I have moved in past times. However, now is the time to decide…

‘I am going to live in the place of miracles. This is where my Father has called me to build and grow. I am not going to settle for anything less!’


[1] I introduced one of my sessions at our ‘Growing in the Prophetic’ seminar with some of the thoughts in this post. (see below).

Today’s article was inspired by a prophetic insight recently given to our team by Prophet Kevin Forlong (also from Melbourne, Australia).

In reference to this story in 2 Kings 6, he said, ‘We need to go to another place.. where they go to is to the Jordan, which is the place of miracles historically. …It’s time to go to a new place in our thinking, in our anticipations, in our expectation.’  You can find Kevin and Dariel Forlong at www.kevinforlong.org

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4 Signs You Are in Transition in Your Gift, Role or Ministry

Do you feel as though you are in transition in relation to your spiritual gift, prophetic ministry or calling?

Transition can be a difficult time. We are uncomfortable with the status quo, and yet the new opportunity that God for us has not yet manifested.

In spite of the trials, transition is powerful—it heralds the fact that a new season of fruitfulness is on its way!

Following are 4 signs that you may be in a God-appointed time of transition in your gift or calling, along with some keys to help you move forward:

1. Experiencing a low time in your ministry

Transition leads to greater fruitfulness“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)

You may have felt as though you have been in a lull, or having a time of barrenness in relation to your calling. You may have experienced a wilderness season.

If you feel as though you have been cut back in some way, that does not mean you have failed. Neither does it mean that you are in the wrong place. It may simply be a sign that God is at work, preparing you for greater fruitfulness up ahead.

Transition is a time for strong hope. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (Jer 29:11)

2. God is at work in your heart

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23)

Your gift and ministry flows from your heart. So when God is preparing you for a new season, you will find that His Spirit is ministering to you at a deep level.

Perhaps during this time of transition, hurts are being brought to the surface for healing. You may even feel vulnerable. By His Spirit, God is wooing you. He is calling you to intimacy with Him.

Mindsets that you have had are being tested and challenged. Father is saying, ‘You cannot take that thinking with you into your next season.’ It is a time to foster a mindset of faith.

Transition is, by nature, a time in which you have difficulty finding satisfaction in your current role or achievements. Now is the time to rediscover and rest confidently in your identity as a son or daughter of God.

3. Feeling you don’t fit, sensing there is more

In the past, you may have fit very well in your current ministry or role. However, during transition you find that you are no longer comfortable. You may feel as though you are like ‘a square peg in a round hole.’

Because of this tension, transition can be a test of attitude, character and faithfulness.

‘Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”’ (Col 4:17)

If a season is being brought to a close in your role, make it your aim to finish well, with honour and integrity.

There may be spiritual warfare at the transition stage. Your enemy wants to rob you of your destiny.

You may be presented with a ‘shortcut’ that is not God’s best for you. Transition is a time to check options that come your way with the Holy Spirit, with others close to you and with Godly oversight.

Be assured that as you remain faithful during a time of transition, your Heavenly Father is at work in the background. He is lining up people and circumstances, and preparing the way for the new opportunities that lie ahead for you.

4. Travail

‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt 6:10)

Travail is God’s invitation to participate with Him in birthing your new season. This will be primarily through prayer and your relationship with Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to draw on the longings of your heart, to pray and intercede for what lies ahead.

During transition, your vision for the future may be clear, or you may lack clarity.

Don’t be afraid to dream and envision the next stage. Give God your imagination; give Him something to anoint, direct and work with.

‘Travail’ may also mean that practical preparations, study, or extra work is required to position for what lies ahead. Transition is not necessarily a time to slow down—be open to hearing the Holy Spirit urge you to pick up your pace.

Transition in the Life of Elijah

When God appoints a time of transition, He has already provided you ahead of time with everything that you need.

By the end of 1 Kings 18, Elijah had experienced a great victory. And yet shortly afterwards, he was on the run, fearing for his life. He was also exhausted.

God chose this brief, painful time as a transition in Elijah’s life. He encouraged Elijah to rest and gave him supernatural nourishment. Then, He gave Elijah instructions for the next fruitful season of his ministry. (see 1 Kings 19)

Elijah’s story is a reminder of the grace and goodness of God. He gives you the time needed to grieve, rest and be replenished, when you need it.

Then, at the pivotal time, God leads you into a fresh encounter Him. There, He provides you with the guidance you need to move forward.

The time has come to stride boldly into your new season.

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Release Glory Over That Source of Aggravation (Prophetic Insight)

Release GloryDo you have a person or circumstance in your life that is causing you aggravation? Perhaps it is the attitude or action of someone that irritates you. It may even be a small thing, but it is a source of frustration.

Sometimes, we are tolerating things that we shouldn’t be—and it is right to be honest, confront and deal with those issues. However, there are times God allows aggravations in our lives because He has a greater purpose.

I believe God wants to show you the potential for His glory in that situation that has been causing you ongoing irritation, annoyance or even grief.

The Oyster and the Pearl

Recently the Holy Spirit reminded me of the oyster and the pearl.

The pearl doesn’t start out as something glorious. It begins as a foreign object—a fragment of shell, or even a parasite—that is invasive to the oyster. In order to protect itself, the oyster systematically coats the invader with layers of nacre, known as ‘mother of pearl.’ [1]

Eventually, that which is a constant irritation becomes an object of great worth and beauty.

The pearl has become a metaphor for something of high price, rare and beautiful. Jesus used the pearl as a metaphor in two parables. (Matt 7:6, Matt 13:45-46)

Stay Soft and Release God’s Glory into that Situation

Many people, in order to stop the pain, harden themselves against the source of an aggravation. They close their hearts or become critical and judgmental towards that which is causing frustration.

However, the oyster feels the irritation in its soft tissue.

Your Father says, ‘Stay soft and vulnerable before Me! Allow yourself to feel the irritation and welcome it as a reminder. Release my Presence and glory over that thing that is causing you aggravation.’

When we do that, we are like the oyster. We are releasing the glory of God over that which has been painful. We are participating in Heavenly transformation.

**Unlike the oyster, however, we are not acting to defend ourselves. God Himself is the only defense we need. ‘But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.’ (Psalm 3:3)

Release Forgiveness

The oyster begins to coat the object that is causing irritation with a mineral substance known as nacre. Eventually that thing which was a cause of aggravation has a beautiful coating on it.

‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’ (Col 3:13)

Has a person been a source of aggravation or ongoing hurt? Release glory, release the Presence of God through forgiveness.

Any time you are reminded of the pain, continue to maintain an attitude of forgiveness.

Release Blessing and Prayer.

Speak blessing towards that issue, or that person who is aggravating you. The root words of the Greek word for blessing, eulogeo, means to speak well of. [2]

Jesus said, ‘…bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’ (Luke 6:28)

Turn ongoing irritation into a reminder to pray for that person or situation.

When you pray, you are releasing the glory of God, you are releasing His power. You are participating in Divine transformation.

An Opportunity to grow in Christ-likeness

Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies and do good to them. This is an opportunity for you to be like Me. You can reflect the nature of your Father in Heaven.’ (Luke 6:35-36)

Then He says, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:37-38)

Jesus’ promise of Heavenly overflow was made in the context of forgiveness and releasing others from condemnation.

When we release forgiveness, when we bless and pray in the face of frustration and hurt, God looks at our hearts and He sees something of great value. He sees someone He can entrust with His Kingdom and His power.

Forgiveness is Powerful

When our lifestyle is one of releasing goodness, forgiveness and blessing, then in our extremity we will do what come naturally.

Stephen, at his moment of martyrdom, asked God to forgive those who stoned him. ‘Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”’ (Acts 7:60)

In that moment Stephen stood as an intercessor before God, standing in the gap for those who were against him. (Ezek 22:30)

At the time of his greatest need, Stephen cried out for God’s mercy on his killers. He released the glory of God over his persecutors. A young man named Saul was in the crowd approving of the stoning that day. Later, Jesus appeared to Saul and called him to follow him—Saul became the Apostle Paul.

Make the choice to release the glory of God over that pain, that problem or that person. Your attitudes, words and actions will result in the Holy Spirit transforming that situation into a pearl—a prize of eternal value.


[1] See http://www.livescience.com/32289-how-do-oysters-make-pearls.html

[2] Strongs G2127, G2095, G3056

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